Friday 26 December 2014

Blur frontman Damon Albarn used heroin five days a week for creativity

JENN SELBY

Published 28/03/2014 | 07:41

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Damon Albarn

Few musicians look back at their pasts of hedonistic excess and claim that drugs made them anything other than incredibly bad at handling life.

Not so former Blur frontman Damon Albarn.

Speaking about his previous drug addiction, he described the period in his life as "incredibly productive".

And he explained how he would regulate his heroin intake to "five days on and two days off" to maximise on creativity.

"Heroin freed me up," Albarn said.

"I hate talking about this because of my daughter, my family.

"But, for me, it was incredibly creative.

"A combination of heroin and playing really simple, repetitive s**t in Africa changed me completely as a musician.

"I found a sense of rhythm. I somehow managed to break out of something with my voice."

Albarn, who has long since been clean of drugs, began his relationship with heroin "at the height of Britpop" after he came home from tour one evening and casually found it in his front room.

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"I just thought, 'Why not?' I never imagined it would become a problem," he said.

He then recited a line from the track You And Me which is a song on his forthcoming solo album, Everyday Robots.

"Tin foil and a lighter, the ship across," he sang.

"Five days on, two days off."

"I'm happy I found that poetry," Albarn. added.

"I can move forward now without all the nudge nudge, wink wink innuendo I've had in the background for years."

Albarn has expressed a similar sentiment about his drug use in the past.

However, despite the impact heroin has had on his creative career, he is also vocal about the dangers of addiction.

"It's a cruel, cruel thing," he said.

"Heroin does turn you into a very isolated person and ultimately anything that you are truly dependent on is not good."

Damon Albarn's album Everyday Robots is out on 28 April.

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